This year’s CONTEST

The race is on: We’re happy to announce the 6th global CODE_n startup competition! CODE_n is looking for groundbreaking business models and use cases based on pioneering technologies. This year’s CONTEST, „Intelligence X.0 – AI 4 industry and humans,“ will spotlight the 50 most progressive startups and industry disruptors worldwide.

Who can apply? The 2018 CODE_n CONTEST is looking for the most exciting founders and companies who are endeavoring to lead the charge of digital transformation through pioneering technologies in the categories of Machine Intelligence, Beyond Reality, and Cryptographic Trust. Only companies founded in 2013 or later are eligible to apply.

In MACHINE INTELLIGENCE we focus not only on robotics, but also look at technologies such as machine learning, deep learning, neural networks, and natural-language processing.

BEYOND REALITY is related to VR (B2B focus), AR (B2C focus), and mixed reality as well as digital twins.

Rounding out the field of digital trends, CRYPTOGRAPHIC TRUST is all about blockchain and its various areas of application, edge computing, and cybersecurity.


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What is in it for you?

The 50 CODE_n CONTEST finalists receive the chance to introduce their companies to the attendees of the CODE_n new.New Festival, which will be held from October 8 to 10, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany’s stronghold of industry. This represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their innovative business concepts for a global audience. The winners of the CODE_n Awards will be announced at the event during a spectacular live ceremony, where they will receive prize money up to € 30,000.

Festival booth

Receive free exhibition space at the extraordinary CODE_n event for three days. Gain access to industry leaders and hidden champions and create potential partnership.


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Stage time

Join well-known speakers and specialists on stage. Present your unique business concept to an international audience of new customers, partners, investors, and the press. Check out YouTube for 2016 talks.


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CODE_n Awards

Take the chance to win prize money of up to 30,000€. Award winners will be selected by a top notch jury. This year we’ll reward prizes in the categories „Best business model“, „Best Tech Innovation“, „Best Industry Shaker“ and „Overall CODE_n Award“.


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Matchmaking & Community

Join the CODE_n Community, consisting of 252 CONTEST Alumni, high-profile corporations, and digital pioneers. Participate in matchmaking and get discovered.


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Previous CONTEST winners

Previous winners of subcategories

Important dates

  • Start of application phase: March 6, 2018
  • Deadline for submissions: May 13, 2018
  • Announcement of the 50 finalists: June 2018
  • CODE_n new.New Festival: October 8-10, 2018

For details on the application procedure and background information on the CODE_n CONTEST, please see the FAQs.

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startup finalists from 35 countries
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specific CONTEST themes
applicants from 85 countries
startup finalists from 35 countries
partner awards + 5 CODE_n awards
specific CONTEST themes

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